A former Deputy Communications Minister, Felix Kwakye Ofosu says President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo has betrayed Ghanaians following his recent comments on homosexuality during an interview with Al Jazeera.
According to him, leaders are expected to represent the people, especially when those leaders travel outside the country but could not fathom why the President made those statements which he believes he (Nana Addo) did not speak well in that instance.
“Former President Atta Mills declared publicly that Ghanaians frown upon it. Even some NPP members including Speaker of Parliament has shared their stance on the issue and as a President, we expected you to make it clear to us but rather chose to make it complicated which I think he has betrayed us” he said.
The debate over Ghana’s position on homosexuality has been revived after President Akufo-Addo failed to vehemently condemn the act, like other former Presidents of the country, had done in the past.
“This is the socio-cultural issue if you like…I don’t believe that in Ghana, so far, a sufficiently strong coalition has emerged which is having that impact on public opinion that will say: ‘Change it [the law], let’s then have a new paradigm in Ghana,” he said in an answer to a question in an interview with Aljazeera on why Ghana’s laws still criminalise homosexuality,” the President said in an interview with Aljazeera.
Ghanaian culture and norms frown on homosexuality, even though the country’s laws do not criminalise the act.
But Mr. Kwakye Ofosu speaking on Adom TV’s Morning Show “Badwam” Tuesday said the President should immediately apologize to the people of Ghana for his failure to defend.
Mr Kwakye Ofosu said there are overwhelming Ghanaians who are against homosexuality so for the President, who promised to hold the dignity of this country, to refuse to be emphatic on the position of the country on the matter indicates he has betrayed the nation.
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